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January 28, 2010 3:23:37 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-tasking, Overclocking, non FPS gaming, (basic 2d games, warcraft III, starcraft II) surfing the internet, ripping mp3's.

NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, SSD drive (already ordered)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: cyberpower

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type i3 540

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, would like to run a stable 4ghz+ 200mhz FSB

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: mostly I want a stable overclocked rig that is also quiet, I will be upgradeing the video card shortly


Heres what I have picked out for about 1000, any tips or suggestions?

CD: Sony 20X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+2] (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
CAS: Thermaltake Element-T Mid-Tower Case [+28] (Blue Trim)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-540 3.06 GHz 4M L3 Cache LGA1156 [+20]
FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof) [+22]
FREEBIE_RM: FREE! 4GB USB Pen Drive
FA_HDD: None
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FLOPPY: None
HDD: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+10])
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
KEYBOARD: Saitek Eclipse-II (PK02U) Gaming Keyboard [+45]
MOUSE: Razer Deathadder 3500 DPI High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse [+47]
MODEM: None
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-H55M-UD2H Intel H55 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 LGA1156 Ultra Durable™3 mATX w/ Onboard Graphic, HDMI, DVI, Display Port(Digital Display Output), 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCI
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+49] (Kingston HyperX [+48])
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional [+135] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts Power Supplies [+26] (CoolerMaster Silent Pro [+83])
PRINTER: None
PRINTER_CABLE: None
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI-Express DVI-I & TVO (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
VC_PHYSX: None
VC_GAMES: None
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]

thanks for your help ahead of time
January 28, 2010 5:24:26 PM

That's not going to be a good multi-tasking/gaming build. In fact, it's about the opposite of that...

The i3 is meant to be an HTPC CPU. That means it's not good at CPU intensive tasks (multi-tasking) or gaming.

Obviously, you're buying it prebuilt. My one word of advice: don't. That's more like a $700 machine.

If I had $1,000-$1,200 for a multi-tasking machine, I would build this (all from Newegg):

CPU: i7-860 $280
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $60
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $24
GPU: HD 5770 $155 after rebate
PSU: OCZ Z-Series 650W $90 after rebate
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OEM $140

Total: $1,104. And that's without even looking into any combos or other cheap options.
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January 28, 2010 5:33:57 PM

You're not going to find many fans of CyberpowerPC or any other pre-built site in a "Homebuilt Systems" forum. You'll get much more for your money if you build it yourself.
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January 28, 2010 5:42:27 PM

Well if there was a quadcore 32nm I would buy that but i don't run any demanding game, or do DVD ripping. Seems like this chip clocks to 4ghz on low voltage n less heat then a i7 920. As for cyberpower, they have alot of custum options so I thought that would still be quality.
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January 28, 2010 5:46:41 PM

That's not the point. Yes, you get to pick out the parts. Yes, you can ensure quality. However, you will pay a lot for the pleasure of having them screw up the build.

Take a look at the parts your getting on Newegg. I can tell you now by just eye-balling the individaul parts, the actual total is going to be around $700-800. So you're paying 43% more to save yourself a few hours of interesting work.
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January 28, 2010 5:48:43 PM

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January 28, 2010 5:52:58 PM

Ok good point. Newegg is marked up way less. Are you againt the i3? I am tempted to get i7 920 since the platform is better and looks to be the platform that might stick around awhile. Would sandy bridge make it obsolete?
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January 28, 2010 5:56:57 PM

I'm not for or against any part. It's all about it's intended use. The i3 is inteneded to be an HTPC CPU or a low budget integrated graphics option. It is not to be used for gaming or anything else.

If you really want something that will be around for a while, get an AMD build (such as the Athlon II X4 620 and Asus M4A79XTD EVO). Their socket is set to be around for a long time, unlike either of Intel's.
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January 28, 2010 5:59:50 PM

Here's a nice review of the i3-530.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=372...

It's a decent CPU that's designed to take the place of the Core 2 chips. If the budget allows for an i5 or i7 then that is certainly the way to go. Your budget will easily allow for the quad core chips if you buy the parts and put them together yourself.
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January 28, 2010 8:00:24 PM

Yes, that RAM works just fine on the H55 platform. You just have to make sure that the rated RAM voltage stays under 1.65v.
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January 28, 2010 9:19:34 PM

So you guys think I should spend the 200-300 more and get a i7? I put together a list from newegg with the i3 build and it totals $925. I mean, an i3 @4ghz should come close to an i7 920 in most applications I would think, other then dvd ripping/software written to take advantage of the extra cores. Lower power consumption would be one of my goals, I wouldnt want to push past 120-130watts load usage.
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January 29, 2010 2:30:31 AM

cschuele said:
So you guys think I should spend the 200-300 more and get a i7? I put together a list from newegg with the i3 build and it totals $925. I mean, an i3 @4ghz should come close to an i7 920 in most applications I would think, other then dvd ripping/software written to take advantage of the extra cores. Lower power consumption would be one of my goals, I wouldnt want to push past 120-130watts load usage.



Programs are beginning to utilize more cores, so the i7 would be a good investment. Also one of your important things is multitasking, so the i7 would be very useful in that.
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January 29, 2010 11:17:42 AM

Agree. The i3@4 GHz matching the i7 assumes you DON'T overclock the i7. Which if you're planning on OCing, why would you do it on one CPU and not another?
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January 29, 2010 12:31:40 PM

I really don't wanna push to much past 120-130watts. It brings in a bigger power supply need as well as more heat. Is it possible to o/c an i7 and keep the power below 130watts? Actually IMO amd quadcore are a better value anyways, I'm more interested in the low power/price/easy overclock ability of the i3. Is there a better value then 4ghz on a CPU that sips power compared to anything else for 110$?
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April 26, 2014 3:11:41 AM

this is my £1200 or $2016 USD build ,if it helps at all. Head set,keyboard,mouse,monitor Inc

Cyberpower lol ^^

CASE:Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker XL-ATX Case

CPU:AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor (4.0/4.2GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W,

Motherboard:Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard (AMD 970/SB950, DDR3, 6 x S-ATA 600, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0, USB 3.0, Socket AM3+)

Memory:Crucial BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Module

Storage:Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB 3.5 inch Hard Drive

Video Card:XFX PCI Express R9 280X 3GB Graphics Card (DD DDR5, 2xDVI, HDMI, 2xm-DP, 2S

Power supply:XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply

Optical drive:Samsung 24x SATA DVD Writer - Black

OP System:Windows7

Monitor:AOC E2461FWH 23.6Inch

SSD Drive:Kingston Technology 120GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3

Mouse:GAMDIAS Zeus E-Sport Edition Laser Gaming Mouse

Keyboard:GAMDIAS Hermes Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Headset:Gamdias Hephaestus PC Headset with Microphone USB 2.0 Black
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